Week of Thursday, 30th of April thru 7th 14th of May, 2015 | Hostess List
I’ve honestly wanted to start participating in this weekly meme in 2014, however, I would always seem to get distracted during the hours leading up to Thursdays OR completely forget to compose my thoughts for this meme until into the weekend; at which point, the time had come and gone. I like the fact we can exchange thoughts percolating in our minds that run the gambit of the bookish world, creative outlets, or thoughts we want to share that might show a bit more about who we are behind the bookish blog we maintain. I am going to attempt to thread the journal of my 10 Bookish / Not Bookish Thoughts by order of the entries arrival into my life rather than a preference of 1-10.
NOTE: This list was originally meant to publish on the 7th of May, however, due to unforeseen reasons which delayed it’s posting, I had intended to share it on the 14th of May when I came down with a migraine, thus taking me away from finishing the edits as I found out a few things earlier in that second week I had not known originally on the 7th. I am back-posting this on the 14th (today) on the 19th of May, as that is the day it belongs hereafter to be seen. A new list will be generated for this upcoming Thursday, the 21st!
No. 1 | Borrowing the BBC through my local library
One of my favourite joys of being a regular library patron is the access to the BBC through either direct purchases made by my local library OR the ability to ILL serial dvd collections for mini-series, tv serials, or motion pictures! For the past two to three weeks, I’ve had the incredible joy of being able to catch up with one of my favourite BBC serials: Foyle’s War! I have a soft spot for war dramas and for mystery series because I truly grew up on murder mysteries on tv!
Michael Kitchen plays the title lead as Foyle, and it is such a convicting narrative of stories pulled out of research by the series creator and writer Anthony Horowitz. I knew of his works previously through Alex Rider, as I watched the motion picture hoping there would be more installments; however, this was a bit like hoping the latest Nancy Drew film would have sequels starring Emma Roberts. I cannot even express how much I celebrated there is a Series 7 and a Series 8, except to say, it equaled the joy I had in realising there is a Series 3 for Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries!
You’re taking back to the world wars of the early 20th Century going straight through to the start of the Cold War; the transition in Series 6 to 7 is impressive because Horowitz has amazing continuity by giving his audience the pleasure of staying with characters they are attached too and seeing them move forward with their lives. The only characters I regretted not seeing come forward were Foyle’s partner Paul Milner and of course, Foyle’s son Andrew. Andrew was portrayed by singer Julian Ovenden and his exit I believe was nearly predicted by the fact his career took off. I was thankful I could participate in a live chat with him via PBS last year, and he even answered one of my questions! This was not in reference of Foyle’s War but for his guest starring role on Downton Abbey.
To see Honeysuckle Weeks return as Sam and Foyle to be back as the moral backbone of MI5 is such a true delight of authenticity, I can only hope others are seeking out Foyle as much as I am! He has become such a delight to watch, my family hopes like I do that we have much more Foyle yet to come! It is definitely a series where fans are helping guide the series forward, as it was cancelled and revived!
After Foyle, I wanted to keep the joy of selecting to see new BBC serials, (either newly released or past releases still unknown) which is why I selected to watch Last Tango in Halifax. A drama about two families that are on the verge of coming together due to the fact their Mum and Dad have fallen in love with each other after reuniting after living 60 years apart! It’s such a tragic opening to the story, where a lost letter does not get delivered and they each went their separate ways!
They find each other on social media and as they meet-up for the first time after all these decades, learnt that they are still very much as important to each other as they were then. However, the drama of what ensues is both honest and representative of a families in transition and shifting in/out of difficulties that arise whilst life continues to carry on. The last episode of the 1st Series nearly put me under, because of what happens to Alan, but thankfully, we read up a bit about the series finding that as this is based on a real-life couple who found each other and wedded after a 60 year absence, the series is thriving on fans in the UK who love the show! Already in it’s 3rd Series and moving towards it’s 4th, I can say we devourted the 1st and are about to embark on the 2nd! Read More
One of the happiest moments for a book blogger is eagerly going to their postbox & seeing what delightfully wicked print books have arrived for their reading pleasure! I have always held a keen interest in postal mail, being a long-term postal letter correspondent which has given me such a heart of joy seeing envelopes & bundles of love arrive from dear friends around the world. Imagine my new excitement in seeing the books I am reviewing arriving by publisher, author, publicist, or literary agent! Such an exciting new chapter in postal splendor!
I have been wanting to blog about my excitement about being placed on certain blog tours and/or in receiving books for review direct from authors, publishers, or publicists. I originally came across a weekly meme on Mondays entitled Mailbox Monday and you could say, that my new feature on Jorie Loves A Story is an extended idea from the original! Except to say, with one minor switch-up! Although I attempt to write down when books arrive by Post, I am never quite as certain when the books arrive as I am always reading the next book in hand! Therefore, please join me as I get excited about the books on my shelf which are next in line to read!
I apologise I was not able to keep up with my posts for this Feature. Most of the latter half of 2014 was a bit difficult for different reasons, wherein I simply tried to read all the books I could whilst I had captured the hours to give to them. I was too wrapped up in my readings to realise I had forgotten to post about upcoming books of interest! You will happily see a resurgence of this post hitting weekly starting this Winter 2015!
I am working on completing my “End of the Year Survey 2014”:
Spring & Summer might have dissolved into each other and collided straight into Autumn, but I must confess I read a heap of beautiful writ stories! Enchanting my mind, endearing my heart, and enveloping me inside a knitted eclipse of story craft by writers who know how to give readers a pause out of their hours and a settling inside their spirits as they turn page after page of evoking narrative which never fully leaves you once you place the novel on your bookshelf!
By the time it came around for the *End of the Year Survey* to be written, I must admit I was still working on a few reviews whilst resting a bit after New Year’s as I love to watch the ball drop in Times Square! I have been compiling the survey for more than a month now, working on it off/on whenever I have a few free hours to go back over the books I read during the past year, inasmuch as sort out my final thoughts as where they might ‘fit’ into the survey itself. I plan to release my “Top Picks of 2014” and the completed survey quite soon! Stay tuned to see what truly captured my mind from last year!
I have several carry-overs from January,
of which I will be reading whilst tweeting about this week:
Each of us who joyfully blogs about books will find at times, even our best laid plans to host concurrent blog events can sometimes become a bit hard to juggle when our personal lives intercede on the time we had scheduled to devout to the events themselves. I found myself in this particular pickle last Sci Fi November, but this year, I felt I had shifted a few things around to where I had more hours to give and thereby could redeem myself from what I could not put together last year. Suffice to say, a few unexpected issues arose the least of which were a knock-out of my internet connection by a severe lightning storm and a broken toe of which looked far worse than the injury itself yet gave me enough wincing pain to forestall my blogging.
I was able to jump dive into the #RRSciFiMonth chat at the very tail-end of the conversation, whereupon I happily enjoyed speaking with Ms. Czerneda, Asti, Ana, and Rachel Noel (@Silelda & Purple Owl Reviews)! It was during this part of the convo, I expressed my desire to carry forward into December the posts I was unable to contribute during the last fortnight of SFN: 2014! I was happily surprised to find others were in agreement; November for whichever reason had become a bit of a quagmire for a lot of us, and I was not the only one wanting to extend the celebrations!
*I received a bit of a surprise whilst getting the link for Rachel Noel’s blog! (read: 2014 Thanks) I have always appreciated the randomness to my conversations with Rachel Noel on Twitter & I had always meant to expand our connection by visiting her blog. To see my name listed as a part of a note of gratitude of whom gave her the most joy and support in 2014 was simply an unexpected blessing to discover. Our lives touch each other in ways we do not always realise have an impact that gives us all a boost when we need it most. I can attest the same in return!Read More
Tonight I am happily welcoming Ms. Eide to my blog, as our paths originally crossed whilst watching the First Season of “When Calls the Heart” on Hallmark Channel. I was joyfully thrilled to support a series of heart-warming drama and inspiring story-lines as I readily became caught up in the joy of being a “Hearties” girl! Through my enthused and joyful tweeting on behalf of the series, cast, and crew, Ms. Eide and I started to cross paths with each other through the twitterverse. It was through this connection to each other, she had reached out to me to see if I would be interested in reading her debut novel “Like There’s No Tomorrow” for which I was happily excited about learning more about!
I have always been drawn into inspirational fiction stories where the cast of characters not only endear you to their lives but they have a wonderful uplift of spirit attached within the heart of where the novels lead you to go as a reader. I believe this is one reason I have always read between markets of Inspirational & Mainstream Fiction — in order to capture a well-rounded selection of classical and contemporary writers who knit heart and soul into the backbone of their releases.
I was thankful I could converse with Ms. Eide ahead of posting my thoughts on behalf of Like There’s No Tomorrow, not only a chance to explore the back-story of how the novel was created but to get to know a follower and chatter of mine from Twitter! I am including her in my showcase for #IndieWriterMonth as she is published by a small independent publisher: Ashbury Lane Publishing. You can read the full story of how this Indie Pub began and how it is run by a mother-daughter team, but what interested me is how beautiful of a job they did with the cover art for Like There’s No Tomorrow as much as the arrangement of the book in print; from the back-cover copy to the typography they picked for the text of the novel itself. I was quite impressed by the way in which they packaged the book and how they highlighted both the story and the author.
To me, Indie Publishers are the publishers who operate outside the Major Trade market, are independently run, owned, and support publishing those writers who want to have the flexibility and the freedom which indie pub affords those who want to maintain their creative liberties. Throughout November, it is my pleasure to highlight the writers who are choosing alternative avenues towards being published, such as Ms. Eide and who are releasing stories outside the Major Trade market.
The small press branch of publishing are creating beautiful opportunities for readers to read stories that otherwise might not have become published and available in print. Likewise, most writers cross-release their stories in ebook & print formats, but for me, novels will always remain read in print.
Like Theres No Tomorrow is an amusing yet tender love story about two kind, single caretakers, two quirky, old Scottish sisters bent on reuniting, and too many agendas. Its a tale of family, fiery furnaces, falling in love, faith, and the gift of each new day.
What if loving means letting go?
Scottish widower Ian MacLean is plagued by a mischievous grannie, bitter regrets, and an ache for something hell never have again. His only hope for freedom is to bring his grannie’s sister home from America. But first, he’ll have to convince her lovely companion, Emily, to let her go.
Emily Chapman devotes herself to foster youth and her beloved Aunt Grace. Caring for others quiets a secret fear she holds close to her heart. But when Ian appears, wanting to whisk Grace off to Scotland, everything Emily needs to protectincluding her heartis at risk.
About Camille Eide
Camille Eide writes heart-tugging tales of love, faith, and family. She lives in Oregon with her husband and is a mom, grammy, church office manager, bass guitarist, and a fan of muscle cars, tender romance, and Peanut M&Ms.
As you debuted as a short story author, what do you feel is the best part about releasing your first debut novel? Do you find that you appreciate writing one style of story over the other or enjoy each equally?
Eide responds: Since my first book, a Christmas novella, released only as an eBook, the best part of releasing a full-length novel is the ability to hold the book in my hands! I enjoyed taking a break from full length stories to write the shorter one when the opportunity arose, and it was gratifying to see a story come together in such a short time – in one month instead of nearly a year. But at this point in my writing journey, I feel a full-length story is where my heart is. It allows for deeper exploration of each character’s heart and soul, allows for a little more complexity of conflict and some interesting subplots. And of course, more room for those kooky secondary characters who try to take center stage.
Letters & Correspondences play a role in the story “Like There’s No Tomorrow” – did you have a moment in your life where the exchange of letters inspired this thread of narrative? Why do you think today’s world is so focused on immediate responses when taking time to compose our thoughts on paper and inside a card gives the receiver the benefit of hearing our innermost thoughts?
Eide responds:Unfortunately, we are so used to quick responses that leave so much unsaid, and tone and so much is lost. There is a true story that inspired the letter-aspect of the story. My Norwegian friend’s sister met my American brother when she visited the US, and when she returned home, they began corresponding and married soon after. Of course, their correspondence was via email, but the idea of a couple getting acquainted by letter rather than face to inspired this story. I wanted to use letters for this setting instead of email (at first) because it provided a better look at the type of bond between the two elderly sisters. Since I happen to appreciate the “voice” that comes through in a person’s written words, I wanted Emily to “know” Ian through his written voice, his word choice, his subtle wit, etc. I find the written word (fully formed thoughts and dialogue) fascinating and think it’s becoming a lost art form.
Scotland is a classic setting for a Romance, how did this curiously attractive locale stitch itself into your heart when you chose it for your story?
Eide responds:First off, it made best sense that both countries in this story should be English-speaking, which narrows the field a bit. And yes, Scotland is a very attractive locale. I suppose it’s a place I’ve longed to visit. So setting a story there allowed me to visit it the next best way—via research—while crafting and dreaming up the story.
I was most appreciative to see that you included a story about Foster Care and Foster Children inside “Like There’s No Tomorrow”. I was curious if you based Emily Chapman on someone you knew in real-life who was dedicating their lives to fosters?
Eide responds:The home where Emily works, Juniper Ranch Group Home, is the setting for my second book coming May 2015, Sandcastles in Snow. By the time I put Emily to work there, I was already planning the second story which focuses on Sue Quinn, the home’s director. Juniper Ranch was inspired by a real group home. The idea for Sandcastles in Snow came to me after I received a Christmas letter (see, some people still write them!) from my niece who was a live-in counselor at a similar foster group home for teens. Her heart for kids with diminishing prospects for adoption touched and inspired me to write about a place where unwanted kids lived, run a woman who sympathizes because her own history of abandonment. It’s a painful subject, one that I wanted to bring into the light with the hope offered in the Psalms. Read More